Today I stopped by Jennifer’s Random Musings, where she was discussing Just the Sexiest Man Alive as her January Book of the Month. One of Jennifer’s comments was that the book reminded her of some of her favorite romantic comedy films, which was interesting because Just the Sexiest Man Alive was originally written as a screenplay. (Although, back then, it was called “The Andrews Project.”) As I mentioned on Jennifer’s Blog, although the screenplay was optioned by a big Hollywood producer, the film ultimately wasn’t made. After that, my film agent suggested I turn the script into a book, saying that he thought the story wasn’t over, that it should have a “home” somewhere, even if that home wasn’t on the big screen. I’m so grateful he made that suggestion, and that Taylor and Jason’s story has been so warmly received as a contemporary romance.
But Jennifer’s blog got me thinking… as much as I love romantic comedy films (that’s what drove me to write two rom/com screenplays) I often find myself somewhat… disappointed with them. And my main complaint seems to be that there’s no “chemistry” between the female and male leads. Which leads me to wonder:
What is “chemistry”?
For me, there has to be that initial spark. And I’ll admit it, I love it when, for whatever reason, the hero and heroine refuse to accept the depth of that initial spark. I’m also a sucker for banter. Why do I love a back and forth between the heroine and hero? Because to me, it signifies that they “get” each other. And that they see each other as equals. More important than what’s being said, often, is what’s being said between the lines. Plus, let’s be honest: banter is foreplay. And the more heated banter, the hotter I think the couple is going to be in bed.
So that’s my two cents. What’s yours? What do you think chemistry is?